JULY 28. Ord Time B. Wk 17. Wed. Mt. 13. 44-46
Updated: Sep 10
Jesus said to the crowds: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field which someone has found; he hides it again, goes off happy, sells everything he owns and buys the field.
‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls; when he finds one of great value he goes and sells everything he owns and buys it.’
In today’s Gospel Jesus is telling us, in a short, but powerful lesson, the value we should put on the Will of God and the attainment of eternal life!
He compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a treasure that is worth hiding, protecting, and then going and selling “everything we have” in order to possess it!
We would be unwise to ignore this divine advice, because it makes us pause and think; - what do we give greater value to than Christ and his eternal kingdom?
He not only taught there is nothing more important, but he demonstrated this in wanting nothing the world has to offer; - sacrificing his life on a Cross; - because it was God’s Will!
And there is a long list of martyrs who have gone before us who have demonstrated a willingness to do the same!
For most of us martyrdom is highly unlikely; - but it is often said being faithful to the Gospel; - day in and day out; - for the duration of one’s earthly life is even harder.
This is because the demands of Christian life impact our lives each and every day; - whereas martyrdom is usually achieved in a short period of time.
There is another interesting point within this teaching that is significant; - we are told the one who found the treasure “goes off happy” that he had to sell everything in order to acquire it!
And the pearl merchant seems to have the same attitude, being willing to sell everything he had in this world, in order to obtain eternal life in the next!
We need to examine the motivation behind their actions; - in renouncing everything they had in this world in order to acquire this treasure; - and to do so happily!
What they were demonstrating was Faith in the teachings of Christ; - and his promise of eternal life to those who follow his teachings.
In practice, what this means is they “loved” nothing more than Christ and his promised Kingdom.
This is the simple, but important, teaching Christ is conveying to us in today’s Gospel; - We should “love” only God and his Will; - and there should be nothing in this life we love more!
Sadly, because we are sinners, we are often guilty of “loving” both God and the World; - which means we are not yet ready to “sell everything we own”; - which is what Christ is asking of us; - to want nothing!
Gospel Acclamation Jn15:15
I call you my friends, says the Lord,
for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me.
First reading Exodus 34:29-35 ·
Moses passes on to the people the orders given by the Lord
When Moses came down from the mountain of Sinai – as he came down from the mountain, Moses had the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands – he did not know that the skin on his face was radiant after speaking with the Lord. And when Aaron and all the sons of Israel saw Moses, the skin on his face shone so much that they would not venture near him. But Moses called to them, and Aaron with all the leaders of the community came back to him; and he spoke to them. Then all the sons of Israel came closer, and he passed on to them all the orders that the Lord had given him on the mountain of Sinai. And when Moses had finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. Whenever he went into the Lord’s presence to speak with him, Moses would remove the veil until he came out again. And when he came out, he would tell the sons of Israel what he had been ordered to pass on to them, and the sons of Israel would see the face of Moses radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he returned to speak with the Lord.